Daniel719 (122) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is just awesome. Poured from a growler into a snifter. It pours a deep black with a nice tan head aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is even better. Hints of chocolate and coffee and the back end you get a little vanilla.
-- via beerbasher/winphone
knickskicks (687) - - AUG 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour, dark brown head with auburn hues that disappears. Nose is huge cocoa and some Cubano beans, roasted malts. Taste is the sane, just so much chocolate, Cubano espresso in the background, some sweetness from the vanilla. Only complaint is the nose is almost of artificial chocolate, though the taste is on point. Like a slightly bigger, better version of Funky Buddha’s Nib Smuggler.
burg326 (3589) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Almost a 1 year old growler from the Order of the Red Banner event that Blazer06 graciously shared at Markwise’s Bday bash, I am in debt to him for sharing this treat. Poured a dark brown with light carbonation, aromas of roast, coffee, vanilla, espresso, and chocolate. Light booze in the flavor with some vanilla that is mixed perfectly with the coffee, and roasted malt. Light carbonation, and it stained the glass so bad, it took me 2 times to rinse it out, and even the water was great. Thanks Zach for the share.
Edit: I’ve now had this beer on multiple occasions I first rated it a 4.7 however each time I have it to me it gets better and better. I had to edit this to a 5 because I would hunt this down at no costs. This truly is the best beer I’ve ever had and should be rated as my holy grail of beers.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@markwise Birthday-palooza-a-go-go Gathering-thanks Blazer06-1 qt growler-pours black that sheets with a quickly disappearing light brown head. Aroma is rich dark malt-roasty/coffee bite. Taste is sweet rich dark malt-roasty/coffee bite, vanilla. Nicely done.
markwise (4429) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of Blazer06. Cheers, Zack! Still had nice carbonation! Pours a deep menacing obsidian color with the consistency of motor oil and a deep tan head. It is related to Zhukov for sure! Nose is a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, some mild dark fruit, dark chocolate, and some light vanilla. Flavor is similar- roasted malts, some coffee and related bitterness, dark chocolate and vanilla in the flavor suspension. Medium to full in body and lingering roasty bitterness and chocolate in the finish. Wicked cool beer.
jcartamdg (1891) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark black with a dark brown head, sticky and thick. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee, chocolate. Taste follows, so thick and chewy. This is amazing!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hopscotch (8915) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours thick and black with a mid-sized, fluffy, brown head. Decent retention. The nose presents chocolate chips and Cuban-roast coffee with a suggestion of manure and a sticky hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is a scrumptious swirl of milk chocolate, sweet vanilla and huge Cuban espresso. Finishes, sweet, creamy and absolutely scorched. A totally world class treatment of a totally world class imperial stout. Thanks a ton, Tony!
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must say that I liked this better than Final Push. The beer was near pitch black. It was super well balanced coffee and chocolate stout. Roasty and delicious. I finished the growler from the bottle.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cigar city penultimate push. 32oz growler thanks to a recent trade from a tampa local... Pours a deep stouty pour, barely penetrable, and topped with a medium tan head that is quick to dissipate. thick smooth consistency throughout resembling many of the other zhukov variants in appearance but perhaps thicker than some of the barrel-aged ones .. Aroma contains an abundance of roasted fresh coffee beans smooth chocolate and cocoa.
Rich strong assertive coffee bean goodness although not as extreme or solid as final push but stunning nonetheless.. Flavors are smooth rich mostly sweet with rich coffee grain flavors. Solid smooth yet semi- thick conistency. Entirely thick and smooth with a touch of coffee bitterness towards the finish. This one is a winner on its own but pales slightly to its bigger ultimate sibling.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Kan for opening the growler! Poured near black with a rich, deep tan head. The aroma was all about the coffee, and I’m cool with that.. nice and sweet, with a fresh dose of earth and nuttiness present.. warm chocolate and a touch of molasses supported.. again, the coffee led, and was excellent! The flavor was heavy, with slightly-smoky coffee over burnt black patent and dark chocolate.. peppery toward the back, with a lot more coffee on the finish.. really tasty, but just shy of what the nose promised. Heavy-bodied with lots of coffee roast on the palate.. just an all-around excellent beer!